Australia Day: Council shifts celebrations over sensitivities

Australia Day: Council shifts celebrations over sensitivities

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands protest Australia Day in Melbourne earlier this year A council in Melbourne has voted to stop celebrating Australia Day because of Aboriginal cultural sensitivities. The City of Yarra made a unanimous decision to drop all references to Australia Day and cease holding citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. Australia […]

Thai activist gets prison for sharing king’s profile on Facebook

Thai activist gets prison for sharing king’s profile on Facebook

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jatupat Boonpattararaksa pleaded guilty to charges of defaming the monarchy A student activist in Thailand has received a prison term of two-and-a-half years after sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa pleaded guilty to charges of defaming the monarchy. He was arrested for sharing the profile, […]

Hong Kong police arrest activist over abduction claim

Hong Kong police arrest activist over abduction claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Lam (centre, in blue shirt) was arrested early on Tuesday morning A democracy activist in Hong Kong who claimed he was abducted and tortured by mainland Chinese agents has been arrested by police. Authorities are accusing Howard Lam of providing misleading information. Mr Lam claimed last week he was […]

Amber Heard mocks dogs saga nemesis

Media captionJohnny Depp and Amber Heard made an apology video in 2016 after being embroiled in a tit-for-tat with Barnaby Joyce It was a free shot that proved too irresistible to pass up. When Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was revealed to be a New Zealand dual citizen on Monday – possibly in violation of […]

N Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam plan but opts to wait

N Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam plan but opts to wait

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea has stepped up its defiant tone against the US North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media said, but would watch US actions before making a decision. Although prepared for “the enveloping fire at Guam”, the […]

Indian police arrest four for Game of Thrones leak

Indian police arrest four for Game of Thrones leak

Image copyright HBO Indian police have arrested four people suspected of leaking an episode of the hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones before it was aired. Three of the accused are current employees of Prime Focus Technology, while one is a former employee. Prime Focus, a Mumbai-based company that stores and processes the series […]

Malaysia’s princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony

The main wedding event featured a formal “sitting-in-state” ceremony and saw an estimated 1,200 members of the public in attendance, reports the AFP news agency. Crowds watched the royal ceremony projected onto a big screen at Dataran Bandaraya, a public city square in Johor Bahru. Malaysia’s princess Tunku Aminah weds Dutchman in lavish ceremony}

Three Britons sentenced to jail and caning in Singapore

Three Britons sentenced to jail and caning in Singapore

Image copyright BBC/AFP Image caption Michael Le (left) and Khong Tam Tanh (right) were found guilty Three Britons have been sentenced to jail and caning in Singapore for having sex with a drunk and unconscious woman. Khong Tam Thanh, Vu Thai Son, and Michael Le went on trial this week for raping a woman in […]

Amber Heard pokes fun at Australian deputy PM over citizenship

Media captionJohnny Depp and Amber Heard made an apology video in 2016 after being embroiled in a tit-for-tat with Barnaby Joyce It was a free shot that proved too irresistible to pass up. When Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce was revealed to be a New Zealand dual citizen on Monday – possibly in violation of […]

North Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam missile plan

North Korea leader ‘briefed’ on Guam missile plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea has stepped up its defiant tone against the US North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media says. But the report said he would watch US actions before making a decision on “the […]